Name source
Australian Plant Census
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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Terrestrial Habitats

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A perennial, twining parasitic or hemiparasitic plant, stems filiform, 3 source: Prosea

Stem filiform, 0.2���1.5 mm thick, pubescent to glabrescent, bright yellow-green or orange to dark red (drying irregularly striate and more or less verrucose). Inflorescence a spike, 2���16-flowered, usually single, rarely paired or paniculate; peduncle (3���) 13���50 (���100) mm long, thinner than stem, heavily pubescent to glabrescent. Floral bracts whorled; bract ovate to triangular, c. 1 �� 0.6 mm, acute, pubescent to glabrescent, ciliate; bracteoles similar, smaller. Flowers sessile, globular-ovoid, 1���2 �� 0.8���1.5 mm. Sepals triangular, 0.6���1 �� 0.5���0.9 mm, pubescent to glabrescent, ciliate. Petals ovate, 1���1.8 �� 1���1.5 mm, bluntly acute, glabrous on both sides, rarely appressed papillose inside, white to green. Fertile stamens 9, or 6 when inner whorl sterile, white, drying brown; stamens of inner whorl oblanceolate, 0.7���1 mm long and c. 0.4 mm across if fertile, if sterile then subulate, c. 0.3 mm across. Staminodes pyramidal, conspicuously stalked, c. 0.5 �� 0.3 mm; glands conical or ovoid, c. 0.35 �� 0.25 mm. Ovary fusiform, less than 2 mm long and c. 0.3 mm across, glabrous or with ring of hairs in central portion. Receptacular tube glabrous or pubescent. Fruit ovoid to nearly globular, 4���8 �� 3���5 mm, glabrous, green or orange to red on maturing, sometimes white, commonly drying black, rarely deep-green with brown vertical stripes. source: ABRS Flora of Australia Online

Online resources

ABRS Flora of Australia Online
Description, Distribution, Habitat, Images, Occurrence record
Australian Plant Image Index
Images, Occurrence record
Images, Occurrence record
Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase
Morphology, Habitat, Author, Synonym, Native Name
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Images, Occurrence record
Flickr EOL
Images, Occurrence record
FloraBase - the Western Australian Flora
Reference, Scientific Description Author, Name Status, Images, Occurrence record
Plant NET Flora Online
Distribution Map
Description, Distribution, Ecology, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

Census of the Queensland Flora 2015 - Vascular plants
Phylum: Flowering plants
Family: Lauraceae
Northern Territory Threatened Species
Genus: Cassytha
specificEpithet: filiformis
taxonID: 2892
conservation status code: LC
conservation status: Least Concern
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 17703
Kingdom: plants
Class: lower dicots
Family: Lauraceae
vernacular name: dodder laurel
scientificNameAuthorship: L.
status: Least concern wildlife
sourceStatus: Least concern wildlife
QLD_NCA_status: C
QLD_NCA_status_description: Least concern wildlife
Endemicity: U
Endemicity_description: Native to Queensland - endemicity not defined

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Cassytha filiformis


Synonyms Source
Cassytha melantha R.Br. R.Br. R.Br.
Cassytha cuscutiformis, nom. inval. F.Muell. ex Meisn.
Published in: Meisner, C.D.F. 1864, Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 15(1)
Cassytha filiformis f. pycnantha Domin Domin Domin
Published in: Domin, K. 1926, Beitrage zur Flora und Pflanzengeographie Australiens. Bibliotheca Botanica 22(89) 645-741
Cassytha filiformis var. pseudopubescens Domin Domin Domin
Published in: Domin, K. 1926, Beitrage zur Flora und Pflanzengeographie Australiens. Bibliotheca Botanica 22(89) 645-741
Cassytha filiformis var. pseudopubescens Domin
Published in: Weber, J.Z. 1981, A taxonomic revision of Cassytha (Lauraceae) in Australia. Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 3(3) 187-262
Cassytha melantha R.Br.
Published in: CHAH 2006, Australian Plant Census

Common Names

Common name Source
Dodder Laurel
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False Dodder
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Love Vine
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Devils Guts
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Devils Twine
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Love Vine, False Dodder
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Working classification

Cassytha filiformis  Recorded in Australia

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